As I wrote earlier, my lovely sister-in-law, Lisa, had mentioned to the WAF crew during last year’s Sonoma adventure that she knew someone who owned a biodynamic winery in Sebastopol. We weren’t able to get in then (schedules didn’t align) but — hurrah! — this time she was able to take me to visit Heidi Lemon, co-owner of Littorai Wines.
But first, I was sent some reading material. Turns out Ted Lemon, Heidi’s husband, and the co-owner and chief winemaker at Littorai, was deemed “Winemaker of the Year,” for 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle. He’s also one of the founders of the West of West Wine Festival — a yearly event that features some of the finest makers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir along Sonoma County’s “true coast,” i.e. west of Highway 116. (Far to the left of Sonoma proper — think Occidental, that little hill town we stopped at last year for breakfast at the Howard Station Café.) After reading these articles, I was prepared to be impressed. Continue reading »